Teacher gets 5 years for abuse, but won't be behind bars

By Olivia Rizzo (NJ.com)
December 8, 2017

A former teacher who admitted to inappropriately touching two of his students was sentenced to prison Friday, but he won't see the inside of a jail cell - he received a suspended sentence.

Menachim Chinn 40, of East Windsor, sat unmoving facing forward as his victims, now young men, recounted how their childhood had been lost due to the actions of the man who was supposed to be their teacher.

One victim told the court that the abuse started in 2005 when he was in sixth grade. He was made to sit under Chinn's desk during class and massaged his feet and genitals. The abuse then escalated over time and occurred at the school, Chinn's home and the victim's home, he said.

Both victims said they had been betrayed by Chinn, saying he had robbed them of their childhood, and they were still recovering from the abuse they suffered.

Chinn, who was also a youth minister, pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree child endangerment in July. He admitted to inappropriately touching one victim at his home in 2012, and to inappropriate contact with another boy at the Shalom Torah Academy, where he was a teacher.

He was sentenced in accordance with a plea agreement with the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office. He will serve a suspended five-year term and has to register as a sex offender under Megan's Law, as well as parole supervision for life.

Chinn declined to comment to the court when given the opportunity to speak.

"This defendant was supposed to be a rabbi, a teacher and a mentor. What's very clear here in he only served himself," Mercer County Superior Court Judge Peter Warshaw said.

"My conclusion is that he still doesn't care, he doesn't care he's destroyed lives and moved on," the judge said.

Warshaw addressed the young men victims in court, saying they were remarkable and told them they had the ability to achieve great things, and to serve their community.